Ever since the reestablishment of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (LPJ) 1847, it has been promoting the best interests of the local communities it serves. Today, the Patriarchal Diocese oversees approximately 150,000 faithful in four countries; Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Cyprus, covering a rich tapestry of cultures, languages, religions and traditions. Serving all with special emphasis on the support and care of indigenous Holy Land Christians remains the enduring mission of the Mother Church, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The family is the fundamental building block of the local community and of society at large. As a result, the Church of Jerusalem takes a holistic approach in its work and assistance. While starting with the youngest group in the society; children and youth, the LPJ builds outwards to serve the immediate parents, the surrounding community and ultimately the society as a whole.
Of course, the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) makes it clear that the core mission of the Church is Word and Sacrament: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them… teaching them.” However, the Church also sees social justice as integral to the meaning of the Gospel and not just an implication of it. If justice is only an implication, it can easily become optional and probably non-existent. Jesus reminds His followers: “Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” (Matt 25:45)